Friday, January 29, 2010


February's just around the corner, and, it's my favorite month! But I guess that's only because it's my birthday month! So I've put together a little wish list if anyone wanted to...say...send me a present! Just kidding. I do love my birthstone, Amethyst, though. So here are a few stunning finds from Etsy. Some of the price tags are pretty steep, but if you search around, I'm sure you'll find some other gorgeous items in a great price range too.

PoleStar's Shoppe

Galit's Shoppe


Thursday, January 28, 2010


If you're looking for fabulous cards matdi's123 is the place to find them. Right now all holiday and Christmas cards are 10% off.  So you can stock up for next year.  You know the holidays will be here before you know it.  There are all kinds of one of a kind cards to be found here.
There are Halloween and Thanksgiving cards as
well as Christmas available at 10% off.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner so why not spoil those you love with some handmade goodies.  You'll find tags, embellishments and various supplies too. One of a kind Valentine cards and specialty items abound.
These wooden heart tags are just adorable! There are lots of tags,magnets, mini cards,embellishments, stamps and great Valentine cards. Don't miss your chance to get these!Matdi's123 is the place to visit. Check it out!

Don't miss your chance to see all that this shop has to offer and be sure to tell them the Out Of The Box Sampler sent you. Stop by. Definitely not your everyday cards! 

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Fragrant Memories

I'm comin' at ya with another awesome candle shoppe! I found Fragrant Memories Candle Shoppe when I was searching for businesses to participate in the Out Of The Box Sampler. I was so excited when Donna emailed me back saying "yes", she'd join us. I loved the tart cup samples she sent in. So many different scents and so strong.

Their website is filled with all kinds of tart packages and accessories to fill your home with fragrance.

You'll find clamshells tarts, scalloped tarts and tart cups in 1oz and 2oz sizes. As a matter of fact, they are currently running a "goodbye sale" on their 1oz cup tarts. You can nab a few of your favorite scents for just .90 cents each. You'll have to be quick, before their all gone.

Also, for a limited time only, they are offering a 12 pack of FREE Scalloped Tarts with any product purchase of $35.00 or more. You get to pick the scent too! Can you believe a whole dozen of free tarts. That's the best deal I've heard of in a long time.

Fragrant Memories Candle Shoppe boasts over 160 fragrance choices. I think you might have a little trouble narrowing it down for your order, so let me list their top 10 best selling scents to help you out...

Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Keylime Frosting

Plumberry Spice

Pink Frosted Cupcakes

Apple Dumpling

Sweet Corn Pudding

Egyptian Dragon

Givin' A Peace Sign

Bear Claws

and Holiday Memories.

If you are like so many people I know that don't even own a tart warmer yet, don't despair! You'll have plenty to choose from in their shoppe as well.

I really love the plug in warmers that go right into the wall socket. You can just enjoy one in your bathroom or a hallway with no fuss. Their prices are very reasonable, so you can always pick up 2 or 3 for the house. One can never have too many good smelling tarts brewing.

So why not pamper yourself with a gift basket from Fragrant Memories Candle Shoppe. I love the fact that they let you pick whatever you want in your gift basket and then just shoot them an email for a price quote. That way you can get all the goodies you want in one convenient basket. Or, if that someone special has an upcoming birthday, anniversary or such, send them a goodie basket too.

So head over and check them out, take advantage of all the awesome deals, and be sure to tell them the Out Of The Box Sampler sent you!


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Posh Pots, got yours yet?

I'm so excited about what just arrived here in the mail for the Out Of The Box Sampler's upcoming February Valentine's Boxes! There are 2 huge boxes filled with goodies from a new Etsy business called Posh Pots! I was completely blown away by their packaging first of all and then by the actual sample itself. Well, it doesn't really qualify as a sample. There are full size treats and they sent in 80 of them!! Let me tell you about a little something about these...

These adorable boxes are called " Tea Party To Go. They include an assorment of teas, fancy sugar, Starbucks tea cookies, a pretty napkin with ribbon, a peppermint puff and a sweet note. All you need is the hot water. I don't know about you, but I settle in every evening, after the boys have all been tucked in their beds, to a hot steaming cup of tea. It's a nightly ritual for me, and is my way of soothing the events of the day before bedtime. Just looking at this cute box makes me already feel pampered.

Or if you like to end your day with a long hot soak in the tub and then a cup of tea, you'll have to get their Lavender Dreams Bath Box. It is filled with a creamy handmade lavender soap dressed up with glittery netted ribbon, a small but powerful and cute lavender sachet for a drawer or your car and finally a lovely Posh Pillow bath sachet. The Posh Pillow for your bath is a delightful and fully fragrant medium size organza bag filled with organic lavender, secret salts and curly citrus peel. After your decadent bath treat yourself to a hot cup of lavender tea with a chunky french cut sugar cube! And again you just add hot water! Lori, the owner, refers to this box as a $10 vacation and I'd say I have to agree with her!

But if your looking to share you new favorite shoppes goodies with friends, then you must go with their "One Posh Pot" line of teas and gourmet coffees!

How adorable are these! These come in flavors of Lavender Green Tea or Buttercookie gourmet coffee. Or go with their 2 Post Pot Caramel Cookie Decaf Coffee. Either way, I'm sure your friends will be impressed the next time they stop by.

There are other items you'll find pleasing in their Etsy shoppe that are truly unique and definitely worth adding to your list of must buys. The tea boxes and one posh pots would be perfect for shower favors too. They are so reasonably priced and well put together that you can't go wrong.

Don't forget to look for Posh Pots in the February Out Of The Box Sampler's Valentine's Boxes. They go on sale Feb. 2nd!


Mylingy's Purrfect Candles

I've been wanting to post about Mylingy's Purrfect Candles for awhile now, so I thought I'd share them with you today. Donna, the owner, has been an awesome contributor to the Out Of The Box Sampler for a few months this past year and will be joining us again this year. She has an incredible scentlist that boasts 700 fragrances! As a candle maker myself, I can't imagine having that many different scents available. So your sure to find exactly what your looking for when you place an order with her.

She not only has a website but also an Etsy store, where you'll find many specials waiting for you.

You'll find FREE SHIPPING within the United States on all order total's over $15.00! But wait, there's more! From now until February 14th, ALL CANDLES, VOTIVES, TEALIGHTS AND TARTS ARE 22% OFF! Just send Donna an email thru Etsy and she'll setup a special listing for you, with the discounted price.

You'll find that all her products are 100% soy, handpoured, highly fragranced, and made with Lead-free wicks.

I love that there are plenty of different jar sizes to pick from and the tealights, tarts, and votives that are available in 12,6,3 packs or by the single can be mixed and match. Most candle businesses won't offer you that option. So you can tryout a good number of their scents with just one order!

I can honestly tell you that everytime a box arrives here filled with Mylingy's Purrfect Candles for the sampler boxes, the scent's are just awesome. I've heard nothing but good feedback about this business from our box buyers. You should hop on over and find out for yourself what you've been missing out on.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Tragic Loss, please help

My heart is sad today as I have just found that my friend, Dana from Magick Moon Soapwurks, has lost her husband this past weekend.

He passed away on Saturday morning from an apparent heart attack. He was just 45 years old and leaves behind Dana, his wife, and his 2 sons, Aaron & Kaleb.

Dana has become a true friend over the past year that I have known her. She's been a constant contributor to the Out Of The Box Sampler, as many of you have sampled her wonderful soaps, I'm sure. I feel helpless in this situation and really wanted to be able to help her in some way, deal with this loss. What makes this situation even worse, is the fact that her husband, Lawrence, did not have life insurance. I know that my "Out Of The Box Sampler" family has come thru before when we had the raffle for Erika's Make A Wish. So I'm asking you again to lend a hand because I know you all have heart's of gold.

Dana has setup a "donate" button on her website as a memorial fund to help with the costs of burying her beloved husband. If you would like to help out in some small way, please donate. You'll find here website at Magick Moon Soapwurks.

Thanks in advance!


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hot Box Video

Check out this adorable video that one of our box buyers made of her January sampler box. I'm so excited that Crystal did this. We've never had a video done before. You can find Crystal writing on her blog 3 stairs and also check out a couple other video's she made of her box too.

Thanks Crystal!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Year Sampler Boxes


If your looking for a little pampering and a way to treat yourself for surviving the in-laws, kids off of school, and the holidays in general, then look no further. The Out Of The Box Sampler is just the treat.

It's filled with delightful little gifts from all sorts of handmade businesses. You can find tarts, soaps, votives, chocolates, cards, sugar scrubs, lotions, lip balm and more in the boxes each month. No two are ever the same. Many of our contributors also send in discount codes and coupons for use with purchases in the future.

Here's who you'll find this month... (Box Sponsor for January)

What a great group of businesses this month! So if your ready for your treat, then head over to BUY A BOX HERE!

There's less then 20 boxes left for this month. Otherwise, you'll have to wait a whole month to get your hands on another one!

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